Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Myrsine lanaiensis
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Primulaceae -- The Myrsine, Primrose Family Bibliography
      Myrsine lanaiensis
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

Primulaceae - Myrsine lanaiensis Primulaceae - Myrsine lanaiensis

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Small trees 3-6 m tall; branches dark purplish brown when young, with conspicuous lenticels, glabrous.
Leaves bright red or often with purple midribs when young, clustered toward the tips of the branches, membranous to chartaceous or occasionally coriaceous, elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate or oblong-ovate, (6-)8-16(-18) cm long, 2.3-6 cm wide, midrib prominent, lateral veins usually ca. 12-15 pairs, conspicuous, usually ca. 4-6 mm apart, higher order venation forming a conspicuous reticulate pattern, submarginal vein irregular, glabrous or lower surface rarely brown short-hirtellous (Auwahi, Maui), margins entire, flat or slightly revolute, apex obtuse to rounded, base cuneate, petioles 5-20 mm long.
Flowers apparently perfect, (2-)4-12 in bracteolate fascicles arising on short, often stout, woody knobs usually below the leaves, pedicels 5-10 mm long, glabrous; calyx lobes ca. 0.8-1 mm long, margins ciliate; petals oblong-oblanceolate, 3-4.5 mm long, covered with conspicuous secretory lines, margins ciliate; anthers ca. 1.5 mm long, apex with a tuft of hairs; ovary glabrous; stigma subsessile, capitate-angled.
Drupes dark purple, depressed-globose, ca. 6-8 mm in diameter, smooth.